The Domestic Violence Unit Tracks Repeated Calls For Service

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The Domestic Violence Unit tracks repeated calls for service by the same victims and addresses. Through the GTEA grant, detectives go to the locations to perform a third call follow-up with the victim. Once a victim has called for police assistance three times in a one-year period detectives begin to follow-up with the victim to determine what the underlying cause may be. (Halket, Gourmley, Rosenthal, and Mirkin, 2013, p36-37) explain that there are several factors that prevent a victim particularly a woman from leaving an abusive relationship. First, the victim is seventy-five percent more likely to get murdered and on average it takes a woman approximately five to seven times to leave the relationship. She is also less likely to leave if she is financially dependent on the abuser. Finally, fear of harm to the children involved in the relationship. The detective’s job is to work with the victim to find a more stabilized environment by utilizing the resources provided by the victim’s advocate as well as the Center for Women and Families. Another method used to assist victims is the use of Lethal Assessment Program (LAP) form. This form is filled out by the responding officer if he or she believes there is suspected violence or on any type of assault. The LAP form consists of eleven yes or no questions that, based on the answers of the victim, direct the officer if notification to the Center for Women and Families is needed immediately. Opening that line of communication between the victim and the center, allows the victim to take action such as leaving right away versus staying and letting things calm down only for the cycle to continue at a later time. The Louisville Metro Police Departments Domestic Violence Unit has taken a s... ... middle of paper ... ...eath. Emergency room visits are frequent. In the fifth level, the homicidal sub-type the relationship is ordinarily long term ending in divorce or break-up. Both the victim and the perpetrator have a low education level. Emergency Protective Orders are often in place but constantly violated. Many women reported that the perpetrator told them exactly how, where, and when he would kill her. Survivors of this category suffer from depression, PTSD, nightmares, insomnia, and suicidal tendencies (Bender and Roberts p519-530). It is important for officers to understand the victim mindset because it will help get a better assessment of the dangers that the victim as well as the officer may face while responding. By training officers about these categories, officers will be able to make a better assessment and assist the victim in getting the necessary resources to help her.

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